James Franklin Morrison


Vernon B.C. – James (Jim) Franklin Morrison passed away suddenly in his home on August 1, 2006.

Born January 3, 1942 in Truro, N.S. and raised in Langley, B.C., Jim attended Langley Senior Secondary and graduated from Prince George Senior High in 1960. In his late teens, Jim enjoyed fame in the Vancouver area as a rock & roll singer and guitar player in the late 1950’s. His notable musical accomplishments include some of the earliest Canadian rock & roll recordings as Jimmy Morrison with “Singin’ the Blues” and “Ready to Rock” in 1958. Jim was an active performer throughout his life and in recent years shared his love of music by performing with friends at senior’s centers in Prince George and the Vernon area.

Jim began his working life with B.C. Rail in Prince George in 1963 and later moved his family to Vancouver, Williams Lake, and back to Prince George, and retired from the company after 37 years in 1999. In keeping with his love of travelling, Jim worked as a travel agent with CruiseShip Centres in Prince George and enjoyed cruises to Alaska and the California coast. In addition to his passions for music and travel, Jim was a skilled tennis player and a life-long golfer, enjoying several golf trips to California with his brothers and friends.

Surviving are his loving wife, Cheryl, of Vernon; his four sons, Grant (and Christy), Brett, Darryl (and Claire), Neal and his step children, Brandi, Jordan, Jeff, and Kerry; and seven brothers, Jack, Bill, Gene, Bob, Stan, Dave, and Phil. Jim was predeceased by his parents Jack and Elsie Morrison of Prince George.

A memorial service will be held at the Fort Langley Golf & Country CLub, 9782 McKinnon Cresent, Langley, B.C. (www.fortlangleygolf.com) on Sunday, August 20th, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. A memorial service will also be held in Prince George, B.C.; date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

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